The Plastic War

Children work and play in Smokey Mountain in the Philippines, a slum built on a 50m high, 2million tonne mountain of waste. Photo credit: Sabrina Iovino
A dolphin caught in a plastic bag swims off the coast of Brazil. Photo credit: Jedimentat44/Flickr
Household waste recycling rate in England 2000–2018. Credit: Sam Peters. Data source: DEFRA
Plastic waste found nearly 11km deep in the Mariana Trench, the deepest point on Earth’s surface. Photo credit: Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
A video taken by British diver Rich Horner in Bali shows the staggering impact of plastic pollution in nations less equipped to handle waste. Video credit: Rich Horner



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Sam Peters

Sam Peters


Architect by training, critical care researcher by trade, and activist by nature. Mainly write on environmental/social/political issues from a green/left angle.